"The buzz of business and enthusiasm on the Interbike show reflected a resilient marketplace place determined to maximize opportunities in 2010," said Andy Tompkins, Interbike show director. "Interbike provided a critical meeting place for more than 1,100 brands to connect with thousands of buyers, media, athletes and industry professionals to share ideas, garner business education and network as a community. Combined efforts of the entire industry made the show a resounding success."
Interbike's week-long trade event began with buyers and media testing the latest in road, downhill, cross-country, all-mountain, electric, and commuter-style bikes and accessory categories at Interbike's Outdoor Demo, held Sept. 21-22 in Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Nev. Anxious to get the real product experience with 2010 bikes and accessories, overall attendance at the two day event increased over last year.
The attendance and enthusiasm of the dealers did not go unnoticed by the majority of exhibiting manufacturers.
"It's only noon today and I'm already pleased with how many retailers I've seen this morning," said Chris DiStephano, spokesman for Chris King. "I'm amazed with how many people are here with backpacks, helmets hanging off of them, ready to ride."
Attendees also participated in the Tour de Lake Mead, a 24 mile road ride hosted in conjunction with the Demo, boasting 394 riders, up more than 100 riders from last year.
Once in the Sands Expo and Convention Center for the indoor portion of the show, more than 22,500 exhibitors and attendees filled the hall to see products from more than 1,100 exhibiting brands.
Exhibiting brands showcased full 2010 product stories with the latest bikes, clothing and accessories. According to exhibitors, viewing products and talking with their sales staff helped retailers solidify inventory decisions for the coming year and strengthen business relationships.
"Attending Interbike is always worthwhile, especially in an environment where dealers are less likely to have all their orders finalized before Interbike," said Shane Winn, dealer relations for Colnago. "This year - more than ever - people are coming to Interbike to touch, feel and drool over products before they write their orders."
"I am really pleased with this year's traffic and the number of new dealers we have been able to meet with," said Blair Clark, senior vice president for Smith Optics. "I wish that we had brought a bigger presence and a broader product line. Our meetings with retailers confirmed the number of potential cross over markets that are represented here."
Preliminary attendance figures show the number of unique stores represented increased to more than 4,000 and the number of total buyers increased to more than 11,300. International buyers also increased as 1,300 Interbike attendees represented 64 countries outside of the United States. The growth in stores in attendance can be attributed to the steady increase in cycling participation and to an increase in outdoor recreation, performance and ski retailers. International buyers from Canada, Mexico, China, and Australia and a growing base of dealers from central and South America bolstered buyer attendance figures.
Despite the challenges of the economy and cautious expectations going into the show, attending retailers were optimistic about the event and exhibitors' new 2010 product offerings.
"I was very impressed with the excitement at Interbike. With the economic crisis weighing down on us I was not quite sure what to expect from the show," said Brandon Fell from Bills Bike Shop, Idaho Falls, Idaho. "Everyone I met with had an upbeat and excited attitude about this upcoming year - the bike show for me was a recharge."
"Our store typically attends Interbike only every three years, but boy, this was the year to break out of that cycle and attend," said Joe Russell, Russell's Cycling & Fitness, Washington, Ill. "Not only were we able to accomplish what we needed to but the level of excitement from both dealers and suppliers was well evidenced on the show floor. We were also encouraged by all the new product innovations from our suppliers."
To view video coverage of the many features and events held in conjunction with Interbike including the OutDoor Demo; S&M Bikes BMX Rail Jam; Urban Legend Fashion Show sponsored by Giant, inspired and styled by Momentum Magazine; the Interbike Expo Demo Area; Cross Vegas; the USA Crits Finals and product highlights from exhibiting manufacturers, please visit www.Interbike.tv.
Calfee's bamboo bikes have always been a hit at the bike shows they attend, and Brano Meres can always be counted on to do something interesting like he did with the bamboo composite bike he brought last year.
Biomega introduced their Bamboo bicycle in 2005 and they brought it to the show this year (as shown above).
One of the hits of this year's Interbike, though, are the bamboo road bikes from startup Boo Bicycles. National Time Trial champion Nick Frey from Des Moines, Iowa just received his mechanical engineering degree from Princeton University and immediately moved to Colorado to launch his bamboo bicycle business.
Another interesting exhibitor is Kilowatt Bicycles with their flagship Bamboo Electric, an electric assist bike with a bamboo and carbon fiber frame.
Kilowatt Bikes also has non electric bamboo bikes with the Bamboo Pedal and Bamboo Mini. I particularly like the Mini bike.
Another bamboo bike that caught my attention is from Organic Bikes from Appleton, Wisconsin. They have people at Interbike but they're not exhibiting (as near as I can tell), but I like the clean, simple design of their Dylan frame.
Steve Hed talking Aero. George Hincapie signing autographs. Eddie Merckx signing posters.
Bike porn and products.
Bike Parking - Kryptonite Booth.
Relaj bottle. Cinelli track bike. Carbon fiber coat hanger. Colnago bicycles. Gary Fisher SuperFly. Kirk Less carbon bikes. Surly fixed gear. Boo Bicycles Bamboo bikes. Lance Armstrong's bike. Storck Time Trial Bike. Independent Fabrications fixed gear. Showers Pass commuter jacket. Bamboo bike. Mark Cavendish's bike "The most photographed bike at the show." Electra Ticino. New MTB pedal from Speedplay.
By Yokota FritzSanyo Eneloop electric assist bicycle: "Ene + Loop" describes "energy looping" features: regenerative charging, pedal assist bicycle.
Sanyo launched their Eneloop ebike to the North American market today at Interbike. The Eneloop bike is expected to be available through independent bicycle dealers and specialty retailers throughout the United States beginning in November 2009, with a suggested retail price starting at $2,299.
Regenerative battery charging can be done by braking and by going downhill to extend the bike's range.
The eneloop bike is a 26-inch, three-speed regenerative, pedal-assist hybrid electric bicycle. As such, riders can propel the eneloop bike under their own power or can engage the bike’s motor and electrical system to pedal in one of three assist modes – standard, power-up or auto – where the front hub-based motor helps the bicycle and rider travel forward.
As with similar ebikes, power and mode are selected from a handlebar mounted panel switch. The Sanyo eneloop is somewhat unique in that the bike lights are integrated with the other electronics of the bike; other ebikes tend to have lighting as a separate system if they're included at all.
As with most other ebikes, the power assist comes from a hub motor. The motor, mounted in the front hub, is a 250 watt DC brushless motor.
Sanyo claims the Eneloop bike motor can provide as much as twice the effort as you put into pedaling, while previous pedal assist bikes provide about a 1:1 assist ratio. A torque sensor at the rear wheel senses the pedal power and adjusts the powered wheel output accordingly.
Some features of the eneloop bicycle:
25.9 volt/5.7 Ampere-hour(Ah) lithium-ion battery
Charge time ~ 3.5 hours
Total bike weight ~ 50 pounds (about typical of hybrid ebikes)
Taillight brake lamp - High-intensity, flashing LED tail lamp that operates when the headlight is turned on and flashes faster when braking
Handlebar panel switch
Low frame and saddle design to allow easy step-through and mounting
Seat that accommodates 26-inch framing
Neatly-designed frame with internal cabling
Expected riding distances:
Up to 17 miles in Standard Mode – no charging while riding (with the motor engaged)
Up to 20 miles in Power-Up Mode – regenerative charging via braking only
Up to 40 miles in Auto Mode – full regenerative charging
Interbike 2009: Good times
Interbike 2009: Big Bamboo
...i'll only say it 'cuz the man is such an innovator but let's not forget mr craig calfee, the man who brought the high end bamboo bike to the modern market...
...i love seeing all the new concepts that are starting to flourish but let's give the man his due...& his versions utilize resin impregnated hemp rather than carbon fiber...
...w/ all due respect & that having been said, i think it's high time during interbike that i announce the introduction of the "bamboobikesgonewild"(tm) version of "the bamboo bike"...
...it may take a while to bring to fruition but mine will be based on the "isotruss" open weave concept similar to "arantix's delta 7"...
...however, being concerned about organic methods of manufacturing, i'll be building mine from tiny, delicate bamboo shoots no thicker than matchsticks...the longitudinal pieces will be bound to each other by short pieces forming a constant triangulation throughout, as such forming the "isotruss" structure & bound by 'organo-resin'(tm) impregnated spider webs which are known for their superior strength & resiliency...
...'organo-resin'(tm) is a composite i've discovered utilizing fairy tears, bat guano & himalayan sea salt..
..i anticipate slow build times but maximum strength potential & wonderfully superior ride qualities...
...the terms "laterally stiff & vertically compliant" come to mind...
...it would have been a great opportunity to introduce the 'bamboobikesgonewild'(tm) bike at interbike but alas, w/ my funding this is as close as i can get...well, that & what w/ the restraining order...
...anyway, look for my "ride tested" panda shots soon...
Wow, they are really taking the whole bamboo bike thing to another level with the design and finishes of their bikes. Great work
i am from the bamboo home decor , i observe that bamboo bicycle since 2008, within 12 months, such product get explore to be a international accpetable products!
Interbike TV: Santa Cruz Blur mountain bike
Interbike 2009 photos: Trade Expo Day 1
Hmm, nothing on Google about the Nanyang Truck Bike or anything similar. Do they have any info at the show, a website perhaps?
Daniel, I'm curious about that Nanyang box bike myself -- I'll ask around.
Sanyo Eneloop electric bicycle
Regenerative braking is overated. You do get some energy back, but very little. You get a lot of marketing punch, though.
For a detailed analysis (i.e. the numbers) see http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7891&p=119201&hilit=analysis+of+regen+on+an+ebike#p119201
the slides remind me of the movie lost in translation.... More Intensity.....
@Anon 12:25 - I agree, but it's something people are always asking about. Still, I'm amazed Sanyo decided to go this route.
@Wuss912 and I already chatted about "intensity" on Twitter.
This is a great bike, Ii would fit anyone who likes to ride in the sunset electric bikes
So... would this with slick marketing seduce people onto bicycles with motors-- and then, perhaps, we can seduce them onto bicycles without them and they find out how easy it is to pedal a bike without a honkin' motor weighing it down? Sounds like the American weigh...
@Sioux: I can imagine the day when I can't exert quite the effort I once did, so I can appreciate a little boost. Unfortunately, I think everybody I see on e- and gas assist bikes are all younger than me.
The SANYO eneloop electric bike is truly a unique electric bike unlike any we have sold in the past 10 years. It's small battery and efficient hub motor are so well optimized, they run forever on a charge but still give you plenty of oomph going up steep hills.
I think with the Eneloop, Sanyo is pointing in the direction electric bikes are going. http://www.nycewheels.com/sanyo-eneloop-electric-bike.html
Bert, electric bike enthusiast www.nycewheels.com
Thanks for dropping by, Bert. I posted a more complete review of the Eneloop bike here.
Interbike 2009 Day 2: Photos and links